Canada to support ecological restoration of Colombia's national parks
and protected areas
OTTAWA, March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Parks Canada is providing international
resource conservation expertise to Colombia through a project that will
help Colombia's protected areas and people adapt to climate change.
Funded under Canada's Fast-Start program, the project highlights the
importance of protecting and preserving healthy ecosystems, which
provide vital services like food security, clean air and clean water to
communities. This project also helps ensure these communities are
resilient and can adapt to extreme events.
The Government of Canada is providing $850,000 for this project whereby
Parks Canada and Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia, in partnership with the non-profit organization Patrimonio Natural - Fondo para la Biodiversidad y Áreas Protegidas, will help communities and ecosystems adapt to the challenges of
This collaboration between Canada and Colombia has already led to the
development and implementation of strategies like watershed protection
and mangrove restoration. This project will not only benefit Colombia;
Canada and other countries worldwide will benefit from an improved
understanding of approaches to the management of national parks and
other protected areas.
Canadian-supported efforts under Parks Canada's leadership in Colombia
are helping to reduce the influence of climate-related changes like
flooding and decreased precipitation in Colombia's national parks.
In six parks, including Chingaza National Park, which protects drinking
water for the 8 million people living in the capital city of Bogotá,
projects such as seedling propagation and tree planting are being
implemented to maintain the health and resilience of park ecosystems.
In Colombia, Chile and Mexico, ecological restoration activities were
initiated to reduce the vulnerability of ecosystems and human
populations to climate change.
"Our Government helping countries address climate change mitigation and
adaptation challenges. Canada's Fast-Start Financing project in
Colombia's national parks and other protected areas will helpthese
areas continue to provide services that support food security, clean
air and clean water for future generations."
Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible
for Parks Canada
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment